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Simon Gakhar, a DEKRA Insight technical manager of process safety consulting, was confirmed as one of the company’s first Professional Process Safety Engineers at the recent Safety In Action™ Conference in Antwerp, Belgium. As part of this professional distinction, Gakhar is now part of the IChemE Process Safety Engineer Register.

The register was announced in 2013 by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) to help improve safety across all engineering professions around the world. The Professional Process Safety Engineer registration is awarded to individuals in a role of responsibility for process safety, who have successfully undergone a professional peer review of their process safety competences.

Gakhar says he was honored by the award, "The IChemE Professional Process Safety Engineer Registration provides a recognized competency standard for practicing process safety professionals. Gaining the registration required demonstrating competency in a range of related disciplines, such as risk assessment, hazardous identification, hazard control, consequence assessment, incident investigation, process safety management, and protection of the public.”

Hervé Vaudrey, DEKRA Insight regional director of process safety in EMEA comments, “We congratulate Simon as our newly registered professional process safety engineer. I'm convinced that the IChemE Professional Process Safety Engineer Register is going to help companies going forward in their selection process when choosing a company to work with. This designation will allow them to select a potential partners on tangible proficiency and experience criteria for genuine process safety improvement.”

Demonstrating competency is becoming increasingly important and, in fact, will most likely become essential to process safety professionals in future. With this recognized competency standard like the Professional Process Safety Engineer register, DEKRA Insight clients can be assured of the highest standard of process safety proficiency.